How can qualities of the heart—such as friendliness, compassion, trust etc. manifest in our life? What other helpful potentials are interconnected with our heart qualities? How can a practice of meditation and contemplation help us accessing these potentials?
Over the course of our lifetime, we accumulate many strategies to deal with the complex situations we encounter. Some of these strategies might still be helpful, while others are obstructive and outdated. The problem is, even if we have noticed unhealthy patterns within us, it is not enough to just know about them intellectually. This practice explores obstructive beliefs, in order to challenge and transform them.
There’s an overwhelming variety of literature about meditation available today. However, instead of presenting you a long list of books, we have selected the ones which are essential to us. Although from different angles, all of these writings dive deeply into the exploration of the meditator’s experience.
The path of self-enquiry or self-exploration has a long tradition in different cultures. It arrives in our modern time and age in the form of the mindfulness movement. We want to go a step further and connect personal with cultural development.
To study the self is to forget the self, and to forget oneself is to realize one’s nonduality with the world. I came to realize clearly that mind is no other than mountains, rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.
— Dogen, zen master, 13th century